What To Watch For In Patriots-Dolphins: Who Steps Up In Rob Gronkowski’s Absence?

December 14, 2013 12:00 PM
What To Watch For In Patriots-Dolphins: Who Steps Up In Rob Gronkowski’s Absence?
" BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots are escaping bitter cold and piles of snow at home in New England, as they’re flying south to sunny Florida to take on the Miami Dolphins this weekend. It’s not a vacation for the Pats, though, as a whole lot will be on the line when they take the field Sunday at 1 p.m.

For one, the 10-3 Patriots can claim the top spot in the AFC if they win out, but they still have the pesky 9-4 Bengals right on their tails, looking to claim one of those top two playoff spots, which comes with a first-round bye. The Patriots also know that with a win, they can clinch their division. While that is something that will happen eventually, the team never enjoys putting off those hat and T-shirt celebrations.

Here’s a look at what to watch for when the Pats and Dolphins square off on Sunday.

Life, Post-Gronk The Patriots once again find themselves without Rob Gronkowski. While that is no doubt a huge loss, it’s not as if the team hasn’t played without him before "

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